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The Blues and Gospel

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Ryan Cassar

on 25 April 2017

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Transcript of The Blues and Gospel

The Blues and Gospel Music
(Part 1)

Learning Goals
Today we will learn about one of the great musical genres (styles) of music called the blues/gospel. We will briefly learn about its origins, history, and why it's still relevant to today. We will also be looking at some artists playing this music at the time.
Blues/Gospel Origin
The origins of Blues/Gospel music has been said to begin at the time of slavery in North America. African American slaves would be singing songs while they worked for their owners.
Blues/Gospel Origins Cont.
How Blues and Gospel came to be
A man by the name of Alan Lomax and his father John Lomax (who were ethnomusicologists) decided to travel the American South (where slavery was legal) and record the music of the African Americans both their spiritual and their work songs, which are now preserved in the Library of Congress, as apart of our countries history.
I'll be so glad when the sun goes down (when the sun goes down)
I'll be so glad when the sun goes down (when the sun goes down)
There's a rainbow around my shoulder, ain't gonna rain on me (ain't gonna rain on me)
There's a rainbow around my shoulder, ain't gonna rain on me (ain't gonna rain on me)

And I'll be so glad when the sun goes down
[be so glad when the sun goes down, when the sun goes down]

I ain't all that sleepy but I wanna lie down (I wanna lie down)
I ain't all that sleepy but I wanna lie down (I wanna lie down)
I wanna lay down now baby, I wanna lie down (I wann lie down)
I ain't all that sleepy but I wanna lie down

(Call and Response)
The music that was created was on both a spiritual and physical level that would forever change history and be a lasting picture of what times were like to be a slave
Slavery map in the States
Work Songs
Some Blues Artists
"The King of the Delta Blues"
Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson "Crossroads"
How is this relevant?
Blues has always been a people's music whenever they're feeling sad, depressed, or low-down. Throughout the years even to today, Blues is still being recorded, played, and expanded upon...even ole' Robert Johnson's songs
Cream's Version
Blind Willie Johnson
"Dark Was The Night, Cold
Was The Ground"
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground...a legacy
-Song was recorded in 1927
-In 1977 Carl Sagan and a team of researchers were tasked with collecting a representation of Earth and the human experience for sending on the Voyager probe to other life forms in the universe. They collected sounds of frogs, crickets, volcanoes, a human heartbeat, laughter, greetings in 55 languages, and 27 pieces of music on the Voyager Golden Record. "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" was included, according to Sagan, because "Johnson's song concerns a situation he faced many times: nightfall with no place to sleep.
Class Prompt:
Why do you think they sang and
used music so much?
#UseEmpathy
Class Prompt:
What do you think would've happened if we didn't have recording technology at the time?
Now Class
Where do we in this school use call and response that the African American people would've also got it from?
#Gsus
With the people around you I want you to discuss the lyrics of the song and try to infer (come up with) the underlying meaning.
Task
Next Class
Next class we will be looking at Gospel music and it's purpose at the time. We will also be looking at the different artists that played Gospel music.
Little trivia for ya: What do you get when you mix Gospel with Blues?
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